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Government Affairs Council Update

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
January 11, 2018

Staff Update

New GAC Staff Member - We are pleased to announce that Brendan O’Bryan has joined our Government Affairs staff effective January 2.  He will be working with Lev Ginsburg to begin takeover of our health care and workers’ compensation policy efforts, as well as other assignments.  Previously, Brendan had served for four years as the Government Affairs Manager of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming Events

GAC Meeting and 2018 Legislative Reception - Please note that we have changed the location for our January 22 Government Affairs Committee meeting and our 2018 Legislators’ Reception. We will hold all of the events at the Albany Capital Center, at 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207. 

Robert Mujica, Director of the NYS Division of Budget will be our guest speaker for the GAC meeting, which will run 11 am to 12:30 pm. All Business Council members are welcome to attend. We ask that participants pre-register hereThe agenda is available here. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Also, please join us for our 2018 Legislators’ Reception, Monday evening, January 22, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This is the premier networking event for our members and we always have a large and diverse crowd of Board Members, general members, legislators and staff, and administration officials. We ask all attendees to preregister here, and check here for sponsorship opportunities. For information on the reception and/or accommodations, please contact Maribeth Riley at 518.465.7511 x 232.

HR Webinar Series - The next Business Council HR webinar will address “Unlawful Workplace Harassment Training,” to be held 11 am to 12 noon on January 25, 2018. Click here to register, and to see the full 2018 calender of HR webinars.  Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Legislative Update

State of the State and Legislative Messages - Links to Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State message, as well as our outline of key issues for New York State’s business community, are available here. While the Governor’s message addressed several critical needs, including continued investment in workforce development and public infrastructure, it said little about broad-based reforms to make the state more economically competitive. It also called for a number of additional regulatory mandates, and raised the possibility of a new payroll tax on employers as part of a strategy to minimize the impact of federal tax reforms. Many of the State of the State proposals will be reflected in legislative language included in the Executive Budget, to be issued by January 16.  

Legislative leaders also issued beginning of session statements and legislative priorities, including:

Regulatory Update

Comment Period for Employee Scheduling Regulations Extended - The comment period on the Department of Labor’s proposed on employee scheduling has been extended until January 22, 2018, based on legislation signed by Governor Cuomo in December. These rules would impose increased costs when schedules are changed by employers in most cases where schedules are not set at least 14 days in advance. Our draft comments are available for your review here. On January 4, we testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business and the Senate Administrative Regulation Review Commission. You can find our testimony here. Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Executive Order 162 - The Cuomo administration posted its Executive Order 162 final implementation plan on the Empire State Development web site on December 22. The Executive Order requires state contractors to submit new reports on wages paid to employees working on a state contract, broken down by race, gender and job categories, and applies to contracts issued on or after June 1, 2017, and valued at $100,000 or more for construction contracts or $25,000 or more for all other contracts. This final guidance document contains several significant new or changed provisions:

Most other provisions of the guideline, FAQ, instructions and forms did not change from what we reviewed in June. We any comments or questions on these guidance documents. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

 

Ken Pokalsky
Vice President
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
111 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
P.  518-694-4460  
C. 518-424-6214